An EU effort to use a famous Mediterranean cheese to bridge the divisions Divided Cyprus Half a century old has gone to the headlines of conflict.
The Ukrainian bloc has expressed strong disagreement on the island after the Greeks gave the island special status as a dairy product known as Holomi and Turkish language partners as helium.
The seemingly benign tweet controversy over EU food rules has sparked tensions this month ahead of an international initiative to restore Cyprus peace talks after a gap of nearly four years.
“It takes years to achieve every small confidence-building measure in Cyprus,” said Fiana Mullen, director of Sepianta Economics, a Cyprus-based consultancy. “But the bottom line is that the holmi / helium market is big and growing and will benefit producers in both communities.”
This week, the European Commission decided to give safe status to the versatile cheesecake, which is made from different proportions of sheep, goat and cow’s milk. Products marked in this way as regional specialties – for example, champagne and parma ham – can only be labeled if they are made in their designated areas.
As part of the package, the move by Brussels will allow traders from Turkish Cypriot North to sell helium in the European Union for the first time, shipping their products across two parts of the island across the UN-supervised Green Line. The cheese is registered under both Greek and Turkish names.
19 The occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkey after its invasion in 1974, the argument that was made in favor of protecting Turkish Cypriots after the Greek-backed coup. Ankara, however, is the only world capital to recognize the occupation, and Turkish Cypriot leaders decided to declare the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus a sovereign state.
Northern Cyprus Since the island did not recognize EU membership in 2004, it is difficult for Turkish Cypriot-based organizations to do business with the other two member states in the European bloc. Helium is still missing from supermarket shelves in northern Cyprus because EU law has not been enforced.
The potential cost of this absence has been high: according to the bloc, southern Cyprus has placed 39,000 tonnes of hollywood in the rest of the EU, according to the bloc. This week’s market opening thus “unlocks real benefits for boys in the north”, an EU official said.
“This cheese has real political meaning,” the official alleged.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Cristodulides suggested that embracing northern cheese makers could help reunite on the island. He added that the product’s registration in the names of both Hollyumi and Helium was “extremely important” and sent a “clear message”, he added.
“It shows that mutually beneficial solutions are possible and the EU is involved. . . Cyprus can lead to a solution to the problem, ”he said.
However, some Turkish Cypriot leaders appear to have differing views on the overturn, which will take place in Geneva on April 27-29, just before UN-sponsored conflict resolution talks. The last attempt at decades of negotiation was established in 2017.
“This is a despicable attempt by the EU and the Greek Cypriot administration to dominate the political will of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.” Tahsin ErtugrulogluForeign Minister of Northern Cyprus.
The main objection from the Turkish Cypriot side is that the opening of the market would mean that the Cypriot government and the EU would take over, as Norquim producers would have to comply with the food standards of the bloc. A private company called Bureau Veritas will be able to visit Turkish Cypriot firms wishing to sell cheese in the EU single market.
Other concerns about the new system are more practical Cyprus The Turkish Chamber of Industry said there were still many uncertainties about their implementation, adding that EU assistance was needed to ensure that its producers could comply with the block sanitary rules.
“Communities can only come closer when not only a social but also an economic relationship is sustainable and benefits both parties,” it said.
Brexit has also made complex calculations. Ukraine – the former ial colonial power of Cyprus and home to many people of Cypriot descent – was the largest consumer of cheese on the island before leaving the bloc.
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“I am not aware that Germans or French or Spaniards have decided to eat narcissus,” Ertugruluglu complained. “Who are we sending helium to the EU for?”